How green burials are helping with conservation

Right now in the city of Nashville, a team of eight men and women are working day and night to conserve endangered land in the Middle Tennessee area. While your first thought may be that this team is made up of environmentalists and ecologists, it actually includes a priest, architect, professor, educator, attorneys, and a funeral director. What could they be up to?

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Meet Larkspur Conservation, the pioneers of conservation burial in Middle Tennessee. This term was coined by the Green Burial Council to describe burials that never degrade an ecosystem and, where possible, actually facilitate ecological restoration.

Maintaining a conservation cemetery requires that surveys (biological, geological, hydrological) be constantly done to determine where burials should and should not take place. Conservation cemeteries also require an established conservation organization to serve as a steward to the land through a conservation easement. This legally enforceable instrument guarantees that the standards for conservation burial will be upheld forever.

Larkspur Conservation was featured in the Tennessean (Photo by Andrew Nelles)

A conservation cemetery does not displace pollutants into the environment. No metal caskets, concrete or metal vaults, fertilizer, formaldehyde, plastics, or foreign matter are introduced into the landscape. Naturally native plants and animals flourish in its sanctuary. Visitors feel a connection to the earth and to their loved ones that only a natural setting can provide (Source:

We at Coeio are excited to be partnering with Larkspur to offer our products to members of their future cemetery. Larkspur Conservation has already raised an incredible $200,000 for its efforts, but still needs to raise $100,000 more. Every dollar counts–so please go to their website to donate or share this blog post with a friend!